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Published: September 25th 2019
Another Moroccan breakfast. Some bizarre juice, pink and a slight grapefruit flavour and no sign of the pomegranate that we bought and asked for breakfast but some olives (?), jams, goat cheese (very nice and very light), honey, yoghurt and some fairly good pastries make a more than adequate substitute. It was on the sun balcony as usual and Rabat showed us another cloudless, blue sky morning with the little breeze we have become accustomed to. A leisurely pace still saw at the station with plenty of time to spare so Lee managed one of glorious fruit cocktail drinks she has had her eye on for a while. I think she’ll line up for an avocado based one soon but it may have been a bit heavy so soon after breakfast and so soon before our train journey.
Marrakech is the busy city we remember but being greeted at the station certainly takes the hassle out of hustle and makes things super easy. The temperature is noticeably hotter here (I think the forecast was for 38 degrees) and the breeze that was so good in Rabat has been lost completely. Any air movement is hot and dry. Again we are
staying in a requested riad. It’s top of our list and too expensive but they were super nice to us last time we were here and we promised to return. The greeting mint drinks are wonderful and already the staff and facilities here have reinforced our impression of the riad. It has a small pool here but I don’t think anyone uses it but they have a retreat just outside the town that has a huge pool and luxurious little huts with comfy lounges and .... we went last time as I was doing a cooking class there and Lee was a little unwell but this time I’ll think we will just go for fun. Things are expensive here, in room coffee from a George Clunney machine costs $5!, but to and from the retreat is with the hotel shuttle service so that’s good.
It’s go for food time. I think we are braving Jemaa el-Fna.
Didn’t get all the way to Jamaa. Found a little place that did brochettes (skewered meat) and interesting salads which was all we wanted and/or needed. We are, no have, moved towards bigger breakfasts and smaller meals during the day probably because
the breakfasts are free! (and because they are good).
We will have a big day tomorrow with the hop on hop off bus which will serve as our transportation around the city. Nowhere near as popular as in Europe it means the frequency of buses is reduced and interval waiting times increased. Here attractions cost to enter unlike Rabat (why?) but the bus means we could bypass if we chose. Again there are 2 routes and a ticket gives us 2 days to ride so we should get a good shot at seeing a few of Marrakech’s major attractions. But it’s the atmosphere as much as anything here so getting semi lost in the souks and braving Jamaa is fundamental to ‘doing Marrakech‘.
So ciao for now.
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